What are Night Sweats?

Night sweats, medically termed as nocturnal hyperhidrosis, are episodes of excessive sweating occurring during sleep. This condition is not merely related to an overheated sleeping environment but is often indicative of underlying health issues.

Night sweats can be a symptom of various medical conditions, ranging from infections to hormonal imbalances. They can disrupt sleep and significantly impact the quality of life. Understanding their cause is crucial for effective management and treatment.

How does TCM view Night Sweats?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches night sweats from a holistic perspective, seeing them as a manifestation of internal imbalances. In TCM, night sweats are often associated with Deficiencies or disharmonies in the body's Yin or Yang energies.

TCM practitioners focus on identifying the underlying disharmony and restoring balance through a combination of herbal treatments, acupuncture, and lifestyle modifications. This approach underscores TCM’s emphasis on treating the individual as a whole, rather than merely addressing the symptoms.

Root Causes of Night Sweats in TCM

In TCM, several patterns can lead to night sweats. Yin Deficiency is a common cause, where there is a lack of cooling, nourishing fluids in the body, leading to symptoms like night sweats and a sensation of heat. This Deficiency can specifically involve organs like the Heart or the Kidneys.

Heat patterns, such as Heat in the Blood or Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency, can also result in night sweats, where the body's internal heat becomes excessive. Understanding these patterns is key in TCM to providing an effective treatment strategy.

Additionally, Blood Deficiency, particularly in the Heart, can lead to insufficient nourishment of the body, causing night sweats along with palpitations and anxiety. Yang Deficiency, often related to the Kidneys, results from a lack of warming energy, leading to uncontrollable sweating and feelings of coldness. Lastly, Yin Collapse, a severe form of Yin Deficiency, involves an extreme depletion of nourishing fluids, resulting in intense night sweats and accompanying heat sensations and restlessness.

Explore below more details about what might cause Night sweats according to TCM.

  • By Syndrome
  • By Organ
  • Yin Deficiency
  • Heat
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Yang Deficiency
  • Qi Stagnation
  • Essence Deficiency
  • Yin Collapse
  • Yang Excess
  • Wind
Detailed description of the cause

Yin Deficiency

Yin deficiency in TCM is a pattern of disharmony characterized by a depletion of the body's Yin energy, which represents the cooling, moistening, and nurturing aspects of our physiology. This condition often arises from factors like chronic stress, overwork, insufficient rest, or prolonged illness. Symptoms of Yin deficiency can include a sensation of heat, especially in the afternoon or evening, night sweats, insomnia, a dry mouth or throat, and a red tongue with little coating. There might also be a general feeling of restlessness or irritability. Since Yin is essential for balancing the body's active and warm Yang energy, its deficiency leads to a relative excess of Yang, manifesting as heat or dryness symptoms.... see more

Yin Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Night Sweats

Common Symptoms: Dizziness Insomnia Tinnitus Flushed Cheekbones Dry Throat Restlessness Hot Palms And Soles Xerostomia

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Heart Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Feeling of uneasiness, Feeling hot, Heat sensation in palms Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan | Ren Shen Dang Gui Tang
Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Lower back pain, Vertical headaches, Occipital headache, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Dry eyes, Blurry vision, Dry throat, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Withered and brittle nails, Vaginal dryness, Dry stools, Nocturnal emission, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Late menstruation, Infertility... see more Zuo Gui Wan | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | He Che Da Zao Wan | Tiao Gan Tang | Gui Shao Di Huang Tang | Zuo Gui Yin | Si Wu Tang | Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Qing Gu San | Yi Guan Jian | Ming Mu Di Huang Wan
Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Afternoon heat sensation, Xerostomia, Preference for sipping, Dry mouth and throat at night, Cardiac burning sensation, Hot palms and soles, Dry stools, Scanty and dark urine, Flushed cheekbones... see more Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan | Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang | Huang Lian E Jiao Tang | Dang Gui Liu Huang Tang | Suan Zao Ren Tang
Kidney Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Perspiration, Back pain, Hearing loss, Dry mouth and throat at night, Lower back pain, Constipation, Scanty and dark urine, Infertility, Premature ejaculation, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Depression, Anxiety, Heat sensation in palms, Evening heat sensation, Flushed cheekbones, Menopausal hot flashes, Preference for sipping, Evening anxiety... see more Zuo Gui Wan | Er Zhi Wan | Liang Di Tang | Dang Gui Di Huang Yin | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Zuo Gui Yin | Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang 2 | Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan | Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan | Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San
Kidney and Lung Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Night dry coughing, Dry throat, Xerostomia, Emaciation, Exertional dyspnea, Lower back pain, Hearing loss, Oliguria... see more Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan
Kidney Yin Deficiency With Empty-Heat Blazing Night sweats, Flushed cheekbones, Restlessness, Insomnia, Low grade fever in the afternoon, Heat sensation in palms, Afternoon heat sensation, Evening heat sensation, Scanty and dark urine, Hematuria, Dry throat, Preference for sipping, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Lower back pain, Nocturnal emission, Hypersexuality, Dry stools... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan
Lesser Yin Heat Transformation Night sweats, Feeling hot, Irritability, Insomnia, Dry mouth and throat at night, Dark urine Huang Lian E Jiao Tang
Liver Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Dizziness, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Insomnia, Blurry vision, Eye floaters, Dry eyes, Night blindness, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Dull pale complexion, Flushed cheekbones, Muscle weakness, Muscle cramps, Withered and brittle nails, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Depression, Lack of direction, Vivid dreaming, Afternoon fever, Hot palms and soles, Preference for sipping... see more Suan Zao Ren Tang | Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Yi Guan Jian | Bu Gan Tang
Lung Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Hoarse voice, Itchy throat, Reluctance to speak, Thin chest Yang Yin Qing Fei Tang | Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang | Bu Fei E Jiao Tang | Jiu Xian San
Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Heat sensation in palms, Emaciation, Sore throat at night, Thirst, Anxiety, Jumpy, Scanty and dark urine, Dry stools, Dry mouth and throat at night, Nocturnal emission, Pain relieved by pressure and cold, Preference for sipping... see more Zuo Gui Wan | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Mu Li San
Kidney-Deficiency Night sweats, Scanty menstruation, Pale menstrual flow, Back pain, Knee pain, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Frequent urination, Late menstruation, Chills, Cold extremities... see more You Gui Wan | Zuo Gui Wan | Er Zhi Wan | Liang Di Tang
Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire Night sweats, Coughing with blood streaked sputum, Wheezing, Dry throat, Hot palms and soles, Chronic bronchitis, Chronic pharyngitis, Spontaneous pneumothorax, Cor pulmonale, Silicosis, Pulmonary tuberculosis... see more Bai He Gu Jin Tang
Heart and Kidney Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Palpitations, Insomnia, Poor memory, Anxiety, Tinnitus, Dizziness, Vivid dreaming, Restlessness, Nocturnal emission... see more Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan | Jiao Tai Wan | Ci Zhu Wan
Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood Night sweats, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Back pain, Dark urine, Bleeding between periods Zuo Gui Wan | Er Zhi Wan | Liang Di Tang | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan
Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Nighttime fever, Emaciation, Chronic pyelonephritis, Pulmonary tuberculosis, Renal tuberculosis, Tidal fever, Hot palms and soles, Red skin eruptions, Generalized fatigue, Irritability... see more Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang
Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang Night sweats, Menopausal symptoms, Hypertension, Irregular periods, Menopausal hot flashes, Perspiration, Irritability, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Depression, Palpitations... see more Er Zhi Wan | Er Xian Tang
Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys Night sweats, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Insomnia, Palpitations, Poor memory, Lower back pain, Knee pain, Constipation, Menopausal hot flashes, Blurry vision... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan
Detailed description of the cause

Heat

In TCM "Heat" signifies an excess of Yang energy, leading to an imbalance where heat predominates over the body's cool Yin aspects. This condition is metaphorically akin to an internal over-heating. Symptoms indicative of Heat can include feelings of warmth, fever, sweating, irritability, red face, thirst with a preference for cold drinks, and a rapid pulse. The tongue may appear red with a yellow coating. Unlike the common interpretation of heat in terms of temperature, in TCM, it represents a state of hyperactivity or inflammation in the body.... see more

Heat Patterns That Can Lead to Night Sweats

Common Symptoms: Insomnia Dizziness Tinnitus Dry Throat Restlessness Dry Stools Flushed Cheekbones Hot Palms And Soles

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Heat in the Blood Night sweats, Feeling hot, Red skin eruptions, Thirst, Frequent bleeding, Bloody sputum, Hematochezia, Hematuria, Vomiting blood, Hemoptysis, Nosebleeds, Excessive menstruation... see more Liang Di Tang | Qing Jing San | Long Dan Xie Gan Tang | Jia Wei Xiao Yao San | Di Gu Pi Yin
Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Afternoon heat sensation, Xerostomia, Preference for sipping, Dry mouth and throat at night, Cardiac burning sensation, Hot palms and soles, Dry stools, Scanty and dark urine, Flushed cheekbones... see more Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan | Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang | Huang Lian E Jiao Tang | Dang Gui Liu Huang Tang | Suan Zao Ren Tang
Kidney Yin Deficiency With Empty-Heat Blazing Night sweats, Flushed cheekbones, Restlessness, Insomnia, Low grade fever in the afternoon, Heat sensation in palms, Afternoon heat sensation, Evening heat sensation, Scanty and dark urine, Hematuria, Dry throat, Preference for sipping, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Lower back pain, Nocturnal emission, Hypersexuality, Dry stools... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan
Lesser Yin Heat Transformation Night sweats, Feeling hot, Irritability, Insomnia, Dry mouth and throat at night, Dark urine Huang Lian E Jiao Tang
Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire Night sweats, Coughing with blood streaked sputum, Wheezing, Dry throat, Hot palms and soles, Chronic bronchitis, Chronic pharyngitis, Spontaneous pneumothorax, Cor pulmonale, Silicosis, Pulmonary tuberculosis... see more Bai He Gu Jin Tang
Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood Night sweats, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Back pain, Dark urine, Bleeding between periods Zuo Gui Wan | Er Zhi Wan | Liang Di Tang | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan
Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Nighttime fever, Emaciation, Chronic pyelonephritis, Pulmonary tuberculosis, Renal tuberculosis, Tidal fever, Hot palms and soles, Red skin eruptions, Generalized fatigue, Irritability... see more Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang
Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys Night sweats, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Insomnia, Palpitations, Poor memory, Lower back pain, Knee pain, Constipation, Menopausal hot flashes, Blurry vision... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan
Detailed description of the cause

Blood Deficiency

Blood Deficiency in TCM is like when your body's tank runs low on the vital energy that blood provides. It's not exactly the same as anemia in modern medicine, which is about having too few red blood cells. Instead, Blood Deficiency in TCM is about your body not having enough of the life-giving qualities that blood brings, like nourishment and moisture. This can make you feel tired, look pale, and even feel dizzy or have blurry vision. It's like a garden not getting enough water to stay lush and vibrant. TCM sees this as an imbalance where the body isn't being nourished as it should be, impacting overall health and well-being.... see more

Blood Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Night Sweats

Common Symptoms: Confusion Melancholia Crying Abnormal Behavior Insomnia Yawning Primary Amenorrhea Lower Back Pain

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Heart Blood Deficiency with Liver Qi Stagnation Night sweat, Confusion, Melancholia, Crying, Abnormal behavior, Insomnia, Yawning Gan Mai Da Zao Tang
Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency Night sweats, Primary amenorrhea, Lower back pain, Generalized fatigue, Knee pain, Dizziness, Depression, Amenorrhea, Low energy, Chills, Dark face... see more Dang Gui Di Huang Yin | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | He Che Da Zao Wan
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Yang Deficiency

Yang deficiency in TCM refers to a state where the body's Yang energy, which is responsible for warmth, activity, and function, is weakened or diminished. This pattern of disharmony often arises from chronic illness, aging, or inherent constitutional weakness. Symptoms of Yang deficiency are typically associated with cold and sluggishness, such as a feeling of coldness, cold extremities, pale complexion, low energy or fatigue, and a desire for warmth. Digestive issues like poor appetite, loose stools, and water retention can also be indicative of Yang deficiency.... see more

Yang Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Night Sweats

Common Symptoms: Dizziness Tinnitus Chills Generalized Fatigue General Weakness Depression Cold Extremities Frequent Urination

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney Yang Deficiency Night sweats, Lower back pain, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Weak and cold knees, Lower back coldness, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Low sex drive, Pale and abudant urination... see more You Gui Wan
Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang Night sweats, Menopausal symptoms, Hypertension, Irregular periods, Menopausal hot flashes, Perspiration, Irritability, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Depression, Palpitations... see more Er Zhi Wan | Er Xian Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Qi Stagnation

Qi Stagnation in TCM is like having a traffic jam in your body's energy system. Qi, the vital life force that flows through your body, is supposed to move smoothly to maintain health and balance. But with Qi Stagnation, this flow gets blocked or slowed down, like cars stuck on a highway. This can lead to symptoms like feeling stressed, emotional mood swings, and physical discomfort, often described as a feeling of fullness or tightness, especially in the chest or abdomen. It's as though the body's internal energy circulation is disrupted, causing various issues. TCM sees this as an energy flow problem, different from modern medicine's focus on specific physiological processes.... see more

Qi Stagnation Patterns That Can Lead to Night Sweats

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Heart Blood Deficiency with Liver Qi Stagnation Night sweat, Confusion, Melancholia, Crying, Abnormal behavior, Insomnia, Yawning Gan Mai Da Zao Tang
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Essence Deficiency

In TCM "Essence" (Jing) deficiency refers to a depletion of the body's fundamental substance, which is vital for growth, development, reproduction, and overall vitality. Jing, often translated as "Essence," is a unique concept in TCM, seen as the basis of all life activities and inherited from our parents. Essence deficiency manifests in various symptoms, such as chronic fatigue, weakness, slow physical or mental development, fertility issues, premature aging, weak bones, and a lackluster complexion. It can also affect the hair, leading to premature greying or hair loss. This pattern of disharmony often arises from congenital factors, chronic illness, overwork, or excessive behaviors that drain the body's resources. ... see more

Essence Deficiency Patterns That Can Lead to Night Sweats

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency Night sweats, Primary amenorrhea, Lower back pain, Generalized fatigue, Knee pain, Dizziness, Depression, Amenorrhea, Low energy, Chills, Dark face... see more Dang Gui Di Huang Yin | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | He Che Da Zao Wan
Detailed description of the cause

Yin Collapse

Yin Collapse in TCM represents an extreme form of Yin deficiency and is considered a serious and critical state of imbalance. It occurs when the body's nourishing and cooling Yin energy is so depleted that it can no longer counterbalance the active and warm Yang energy. This leads to a surge of uncontrolled Yang, manifesting as severe heat signs. The symptoms of Yin Collapse are more intense than those of a simple Yin deficiency. They include profuse sweating (especially at night), a severe sensation of heat and burning, often in the palms, soles, and chest, a very red tongue with little or no coating, a rapid and thin pulse, and potentially severe restlessness or agitation. There might also be symptoms of severe dryness, like dry throat, thirst, and dry skin. Yin Collapse is considered an emergency in TCM and requires immediate intervention. Treatment aims to rapidly nourish and replenish Yin while simultaneously subduing the excessive Yang.... see more

Yin Collapse Patterns That Can Lead to Night Sweats

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Collapse of Yin Night sweats, Low grade fever, Restlessness, Dry mouth with desire to sip liquids, Heat sensation in palms, Flushed cheekbones, Emaciation, Urinary retention, Constipation... see more Da Bu Yin Wan
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Yang Excess

Yang Excess in TCM refers to a state where there is an overabundance of Yang energy, leading to symptoms of heat and hyperactivity in the body. This pattern of disharmony often arises from factors like stress, excessive physical activity, overconsumption of spicy or heating foods, or an internal imbalance that causes Yang to flare up. Symptoms of Yang Excess include a feeling of heat, red face, irritability, restlessness, thirst, constipation, and a rapid, forceful pulse. Treatment in TCM for Yang Excess aims to cool down and subdue the excessive Yang while nurturing Yin energy to restore balance.... see more

Yang Excess Patterns That Can Lead to Night Sweats

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising Night sweats, Tremors, Facial tic, Severe dizziness, Tinnitus, Headaches, Hypertension, Dry throat, Dry eyes, Blurry vision, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Poor memory, Back pain, Oliguria... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | E Jiao Ji Zi Huang Tang | Zhen Gan Xi Feng Tang | Feng Yin Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Wind

In TCM "Wind" is a concept that represents a pattern of disharmony, often characterized by its sudden and unpredictable nature, much like a gusty wind changing direction without warning. This pattern is associated with symptoms that come and go quickly or move around the body, such as itching, tremors, or even certain types of pain. Wind is considered to be a primary cause of illnesses that have these rapidly changing characteristics. In TCM, external Wind often refers to illnesses that start suddenly, like the common cold, believed to be caused by external pathogenic factors like climatic changes. On the other hand, internal Wind can be linked to internal imbalances and can manifest in conditions like dizziness or spasms. ... see more

Wind Patterns That Can Lead to Night Sweats

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising Night sweats, Tremors, Facial tic, Severe dizziness, Tinnitus, Headaches, Hypertension, Dry throat, Dry eyes, Blurry vision, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Poor memory, Back pain, Oliguria... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | E Jiao Ji Zi Huang Tang | Zhen Gan Xi Feng Tang | Feng Yin Tang
Detailed description of the cause

Kidney

In TCM the Kidneys are regarded as the body's most fundamental reservoir of Essence, known as Jing, which influences growth, reproduction, and aging. They are not just organs for filtering blood, but a holistic system governing vital life forces. When the Kidneys malfunction in TCM, it can manifest as a variety of health issues, such as chronic fatigue, reproductive problems, imbalances in fluid metabolism leading to edema or dryness, lower back pain, and a sense of fear or insecurity.... see more

Kidney Patterns That Can Lead to Night Sweats

Common Symptoms: Dizziness Tinnitus Lower Back Pain Dry Throat Insomnia Restlessness Back Pain Xerostomia

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Lower back pain, Vertical headaches, Occipital headache, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Dry eyes, Blurry vision, Dry throat, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Withered and brittle nails, Vaginal dryness, Dry stools, Nocturnal emission, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Late menstruation, Infertility... see more Zuo Gui Wan | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | He Che Da Zao Wan | Tiao Gan Tang | Gui Shao Di Huang Tang | Zuo Gui Yin | Si Wu Tang | Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Qing Gu San | Yi Guan Jian | Ming Mu Di Huang Wan
Kidney Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Perspiration, Back pain, Hearing loss, Dry mouth and throat at night, Lower back pain, Constipation, Scanty and dark urine, Infertility, Premature ejaculation, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Depression, Anxiety, Heat sensation in palms, Evening heat sensation, Flushed cheekbones, Menopausal hot flashes, Preference for sipping, Evening anxiety... see more Zuo Gui Wan | Er Zhi Wan | Liang Di Tang | Dang Gui Di Huang Yin | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Zuo Gui Yin | Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang 2 | Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan | Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan | Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San
Kidney and Lung Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Night dry coughing, Dry throat, Xerostomia, Emaciation, Exertional dyspnea, Lower back pain, Hearing loss, Oliguria... see more Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan
Kidney Yin Deficiency With Empty-Heat Blazing Night sweats, Flushed cheekbones, Restlessness, Insomnia, Low grade fever in the afternoon, Heat sensation in palms, Afternoon heat sensation, Evening heat sensation, Scanty and dark urine, Hematuria, Dry throat, Preference for sipping, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Lower back pain, Nocturnal emission, Hypersexuality, Dry stools... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan
Kidneys And Heart Not Harmonized Night sweats, Palpitations, Restlessness, Insomnia, Vivid dreaming, Anxiety, Poor memory, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Lower back pain, Nocturnal emissions with dreams, Evening heat sensation, Dry mouth and throat at night, Preference for sipping, Heat sensation in palms, Scanty and dark urine, Dry stools... see more Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan | Jiao Tai Wan | Qing Xin Lian Zi Yin
Lesser Yin Heat Transformation Night sweats, Feeling hot, Irritability, Insomnia, Dry mouth and throat at night, Dark urine Huang Lian E Jiao Tang
Kidney Yang Deficiency Night sweats, Lower back pain, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Weak and cold knees, Lower back coldness, Chills, Weak legs, Bright pale face, Generalized fatigue, General weakness, Leg edema, Female infertility, Diarrhea, Depression, Erectile dysfunction, Premature ejaculation, Oligospermia, Low sex drive, Pale and abudant urination... see more You Gui Wan
Kidney-Deficiency Night sweats, Scanty menstruation, Pale menstrual flow, Back pain, Knee pain, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Frequent urination, Late menstruation, Chills, Cold extremities... see more You Gui Wan | Zuo Gui Wan | Er Zhi Wan | Liang Di Tang
Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency Night sweats, Primary amenorrhea, Lower back pain, Generalized fatigue, Knee pain, Dizziness, Depression, Amenorrhea, Low energy, Chills, Dark face... see more Dang Gui Di Huang Yin | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | He Che Da Zao Wan
Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire Night sweats, Coughing with blood streaked sputum, Wheezing, Dry throat, Hot palms and soles, Chronic bronchitis, Chronic pharyngitis, Spontaneous pneumothorax, Cor pulmonale, Silicosis, Pulmonary tuberculosis... see more Bai He Gu Jin Tang
Heart and Kidney Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Palpitations, Insomnia, Poor memory, Anxiety, Tinnitus, Dizziness, Vivid dreaming, Restlessness, Nocturnal emission... see more Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan | Jiao Tai Wan | Ci Zhu Wan
Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood Night sweats, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Back pain, Dark urine, Bleeding between periods Zuo Gui Wan | Er Zhi Wan | Liang Di Tang | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan
Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys Night sweats, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Insomnia, Palpitations, Poor memory, Lower back pain, Knee pain, Constipation, Menopausal hot flashes, Blurry vision... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan
Detailed description of the cause

Liver

In TCM the Liver is viewed as the organ responsible for the smooth flow of Qi, Blood, and emotions throughout the body. It plays a key role in regulating mood, storing blood, supporting digestion, and ensuring the health of tendons and eyes. When the Liver malfunctions or is imbalanced in TCM, it can lead to a range of issues such as irritability, mood swings, menstrual irregularities, eye problems, and muscular stiffness or pain. A malfunctioning Liver in TCM reflects not only physical disturbances but also emotional and mental disharmony, emphasizing the holistic approach of TCM in addressing health and wellness.... see more

Liver Patterns That Can Lead to Night Sweats

Common Symptoms: Dizziness Insomnia Amenorrhea Dry Throat Skin Dryness Tinnitus Limb Numbness Tingling Of Limbs

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Heart Blood Deficiency with Liver Qi Stagnation Night sweat, Confusion, Melancholia, Crying, Abnormal behavior, Insomnia, Yawning Gan Mai Da Zao Tang
Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Lower back pain, Vertical headaches, Occipital headache, Insomnia, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Dry eyes, Blurry vision, Dry throat, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Withered and brittle nails, Vaginal dryness, Dry stools, Nocturnal emission, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Late menstruation, Infertility... see more Zuo Gui Wan | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | He Che Da Zao Wan | Tiao Gan Tang | Gui Shao Di Huang Tang | Zuo Gui Yin | Si Wu Tang | Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Qing Gu San | Yi Guan Jian | Ming Mu Di Huang Wan
Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising Night sweats, Tremors, Facial tic, Severe dizziness, Tinnitus, Headaches, Hypertension, Dry throat, Dry eyes, Blurry vision, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Poor memory, Back pain, Oliguria... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | E Jiao Ji Zi Huang Tang | Zhen Gan Xi Feng Tang | Feng Yin Tang
Liver Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Dizziness, Limb numbness, Tingling of limbs, Insomnia, Blurry vision, Eye floaters, Dry eyes, Night blindness, Scanty menstruation, Amenorrhea, Dull pale complexion, Flushed cheekbones, Muscle weakness, Muscle cramps, Withered and brittle nails, Dry hair, Skin dryness, Depression, Lack of direction, Vivid dreaming, Afternoon fever, Hot palms and soles, Preference for sipping... see more Suan Zao Ren Tang | Qi Ju Di Huang Wan | Yi Guan Jian | Bu Gan Tang
Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency Night sweats, Primary amenorrhea, Lower back pain, Generalized fatigue, Knee pain, Dizziness, Depression, Amenorrhea, Low energy, Chills, Dark face... see more Dang Gui Di Huang Yin | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | He Che Da Zao Wan
Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood Night sweats, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Back pain, Dark urine, Bleeding between periods Zuo Gui Wan | Er Zhi Wan | Liang Di Tang | Liu Wei Di Huang Wan
Detailed description of the cause

Heart

In TCM the Heart is considered the "emperor" of all organs, primarily responsible for governing Blood and housing the mind, known as "Shen." It plays a crucial role in maintaining mental-emotional equilibrium and controlling the circulation of Qi and blood throughout the body. When the Heart is imbalanced or malfunctions in TCM, it can lead to a range of issues like heart palpitations, insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep, anxiety, and a flushed complexion. Emotional disturbances such as excessive joy or lack of joy are also seen as signs of Heart disharmony. These symptoms reflect not just physical heart conditions but also the state of one's Shen, indicating the interconnectedness of physical and emotional well-being in TCM.... see more

Heart Patterns That Can Lead to Night Sweats

Common Symptoms: Insomnia Palpitations Anxiety Restlessness Poor Memory Dizziness Tinnitus Vivid Dreaming

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Heart Blood Deficiency with Liver Qi Stagnation Night sweat, Confusion, Melancholia, Crying, Abnormal behavior, Insomnia, Yawning Gan Mai Da Zao Tang
Heart Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Feeling of uneasiness, Feeling hot, Heat sensation in palms Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan | Ren Shen Dang Gui Tang
Kidneys And Heart Not Harmonized Night sweats, Palpitations, Restlessness, Insomnia, Vivid dreaming, Anxiety, Poor memory, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Lower back pain, Nocturnal emissions with dreams, Evening heat sensation, Dry mouth and throat at night, Preference for sipping, Heat sensation in palms, Scanty and dark urine, Dry stools... see more Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan | Jiao Tai Wan | Qing Xin Lian Zi Yin
Heart and Kidney Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Palpitations, Insomnia, Poor memory, Anxiety, Tinnitus, Dizziness, Vivid dreaming, Restlessness, Nocturnal emission... see more Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan | Jiao Tai Wan | Ci Zhu Wan
Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys Night sweats, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Insomnia, Palpitations, Poor memory, Lower back pain, Knee pain, Constipation, Menopausal hot flashes, Blurry vision... see more Liu Wei Di Huang Wan | Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan
Detailed description of the cause

Lung

In TCM the Lungs are seen as the organ responsible for controlling Qi and respiration, as well as being a key part of the body's defensive system. They are thought to maintain the balance and flow of air and moisture, and are closely linked to the skin and hair. When the Lungs are imbalanced or malfunctioning in TCM, it can lead to respiratory issues like coughing or asthma, a weakened immune system, dry skin, and emotional disturbances such as sadness or grief. These symptoms are believed to arise from disruptions in the Lungs' ability to regulate Qi and protect the body, highlighting their central role in maintaining overall health and well-being.... see more

Lung Patterns That Can Lead to Night Sweats

Common Symptoms: Dry Throat Hot Palms And Soles Chronic Bronchitis Asthma Xerostomia Coughing With Blood Streaked Sputum Wheezing Chronic Pharyngitis

Pattern Name Relevant Symptoms Relevant Formulas
Kidney and Lung Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Dizziness, Tinnitus, Night dry coughing, Dry throat, Xerostomia, Emaciation, Exertional dyspnea, Lower back pain, Hearing loss, Oliguria... see more Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan
Lung Yin Deficiency Night sweats, Hoarse voice, Itchy throat, Reluctance to speak, Thin chest Yang Yin Qing Fei Tang | Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang | Bu Fei E Jiao Tang | Jiu Xian San
Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire Night sweats, Coughing with blood streaked sputum, Wheezing, Dry throat, Hot palms and soles, Chronic bronchitis, Chronic pharyngitis, Spontaneous pneumothorax, Cor pulmonale, Silicosis, Pulmonary tuberculosis... see more Bai He Gu Jin Tang

TCM Herbal Formulas for Night Sweats

TCM employs various formulas and herbs to address the specific patterns causing night sweats. For conditions stemming from Yin Deficiency, herbs that nourish Yin and cool internal heat, such as Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan, are used. This formula includes key ingredients like Unprepared Rehmannia, which helps replenish the body's Yin and reduce night sweats.

For Heat patterns, cooling and nourishing formulas like Liang Di Tang are prescribed. These treatments aim to restore the delicate balance of Yin and Yang in the body, thereby alleviating symptoms like night sweats.

Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address night sweats, organized by cause and by formula type.

  • By Cause
  • By Formula Type
  • Yin Deficiency
  • Heat
  • Blood Deficiency
  • Yang Deficiency
  • Qi Stagnation
  • Essence Deficiency
  • Yin Collapse
  • Yang Excess
  • Wind
  • Formulas that nourish yin and tonify
  • Formulas that nourish the heart and calm the mind
  • Formulas that tonify blood
  • Formulas that tonify yin and yang
  • Formulas that clear heat from deficiency
  • Formulas that clear heat from the organs
  • Formulas that pacify and extinguish internal wind
  • Formulas that warm yang and tonify
  • Formulas that clear blood-Heat
  • Formulas that harmonize liver-Spleen
  • Formulas that sedate and calm the mind
  • Formulas that dredge and disperse external wind
  • Formulas that enrich yin and moisten dryness
  • Formulas that disperse dryness and moisten
  • Formulas that secure lungs and stop coughing
  • Formulas that clear liver-Heat
  • Formulas that stabilize exterior and stop sweating

All Formulas Recommended for Night Sweats Caused by Yin Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood, Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency With Empty-Heat Blazing, Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys, Yin Deficiency... see more
Zuo Gui Wan Kidney-Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood, Kidney Yin Deficiency, Yin Deficiency... see more
Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan Heart Yin Deficiency, Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency, Heart and Kidney Yin Deficiency, Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys... see more
Er Zhi Wan Kidney-Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood, Kidney Yin Deficiency, Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang... see more
Liang Di Tang Kidney-Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood, Kidney Yin Deficiency... see more
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency, Liver Yin Deficiency
Zuo Gui Yin Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency
Yi Guan Jian Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Liver Yin Deficiency
Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency, Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency
Huang Lian E Jiao Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency, Lesser Yin Heat Transformation
Suan Zao Ren Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency, Liver Yin Deficiency
Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency With Empty-Heat Blazing
You Gui Wan Kidney-Deficiency
He Che Da Zao Wan Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Jiao Tai Wan Heart and Kidney Yin Deficiency
Dang Gui Di Huang Yin Kidney Yin Deficiency
Ren Shen Dang Gui Tang Heart Yin Deficiency
Tiao Gan Tang Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Gui Shao Di Huang Tang Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Si Wu Tang Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Qing Gu San Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Ming Mu Di Huang Wan Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Bai He Gu Jin Tang Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire
Dang Gui Liu Huang Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Ci Zhu Wan Heart and Kidney Yin Deficiency
Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang 2 Kidney Yin Deficiency
Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San Kidney Yin Deficiency
Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan Kidney and Lung Yin Deficiency
Bu Gan Tang Liver Yin Deficiency
Yang Yin Qing Fei Tang Lung Yin Deficiency
Qing Zao Jiu Fei Tang Lung Yin Deficiency
Bu Fei E Jiao Tang Lung Yin Deficiency
Jiu Xian San Lung Yin Deficiency
Er Xian Tang Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang
Mu Li San Yin Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Night Sweats Caused by Heat

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood, Kidney Yin Deficiency With Empty-Heat Blazing, Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys... see more
Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency, Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys... see more
Liang Di Tang Heat in the Blood, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood
Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency, Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency
Huang Lian E Jiao Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency, Lesser Yin Heat Transformation
Zuo Gui Wan Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood
Er Zhi Wan Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood
Suan Zao Ren Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency With Empty-Heat Blazing
Bai He Gu Jin Tang Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire
Qing Jing San Heat in the Blood
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang Heat in the Blood
Jia Wei Xiao Yao San Heat in the Blood
Di Gu Pi Yin Heat in the Blood
Dang Gui Liu Huang Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Night Sweats Caused by Blood Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency
Dang Gui Di Huang Yin Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency
He Che Da Zao Wan Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency
Gan Mai Da Zao Tang Heart Blood Deficiency with Liver Qi Stagnation

All Formulas Recommended for Night Sweats Caused by Yang Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Er Zhi Wan Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang
You Gui Wan Kidney Yang Deficiency
Er Xian Tang Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang

All Formulas Recommended for Night Sweats Caused by Essence Deficiency

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency
Dang Gui Di Huang Yin Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency
He Che Da Zao Wan Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency

All Formulas Recommended for Night Sweats Caused by Yang Excess

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising
E Jiao Ji Zi Huang Tang Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising
Zhen Gan Xi Feng Tang Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising
Feng Yin Tang Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising

All Formulas Recommended for Night Sweats Caused by Wind

Formula Patterns Suitable For
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising
E Jiao Ji Zi Huang Tang Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising
Zhen Gan Xi Feng Tang Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising
Feng Yin Tang Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising

All "formulas that nourish yin and tonify" recommended for night sweats

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Liu Wei Di Huang Wan Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood, Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency With Empty-Heat Blazing, Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising, Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys, Yin Deficiency... see more
Zuo Gui Wan Kidney-Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood, Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Yin Deficiency... see more
Er Zhi Wan Kidney-Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood, Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang, Kidney Yin Deficiency... see more
Liang Di Tang Kidney-Deficiency, Heat in the Blood, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causing Heat in the Blood, Kidney Yin Deficiency... see more
Qi Ju Di Huang Wan Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising, Liver Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency... see more
Zuo Gui Yin Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency
Yi Guan Jian Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Liver Yin Deficiency
Zhi Bo Di Huang Wan Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency With Empty-Heat Blazing
Tiao Gan Tang Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Gui Shao Di Huang Tang Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Bai He Gu Jin Tang Lung and Kidney Yin Deficiency with Empty Fire
Da Bu Yin Wan Collapse of Yin
Di Gu Pi Yin Heat in the Blood
Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan Kidney and Lung Yin Deficiency
Bu Fei E Jiao Tang Lung Yin Deficiency
Ming Mu Di Huang Wan Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Ren Shen Dang Gui Tang Heart Yin Deficiency

All "formulas that nourish the heart and calm the mind" recommended for night sweats

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Tian Wang Bu Xin Dan Heart Yin Deficiency, Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency, Heart and Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidneys And Heart Not Harmonized, Disharmony between Heart and Kidneys... see more
Huang Lian E Jiao Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency, Lesser Yin Heat Transformation
Suan Zao Ren Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency, Liver Yin Deficiency
Jiao Tai Wan Heart and Kidney Yin Deficiency, Kidneys And Heart Not Harmonized
Gan Mai Da Zao Tang Heart Blood Deficiency with Liver Qi Stagnation
Bai Zi Yang Xin Tang 2 Kidney Yin Deficiency

All "formulas that tonify blood" recommended for night sweats

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Dang Gui Di Huang Yin Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency
Si Wu Tang Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Bu Gan Tang Liver Yin Deficiency

All "formulas that tonify yin and yang" recommended for night sweats

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
He Che Da Zao Wan Liver Blood and Kidney Essence Deficiency, Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency
Qi Bao Mei Ran Dan Kidney Yin Deficiency
Er Xian Tang Deficiency of both the Kidney Yin and Yang

All "formulas that clear heat from deficiency" recommended for night sweats

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Qing Hao Bie Jia Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency, Empty-Heat caused by Yin Deficiency
Dang Gui Liu Huang Tang Empty-Heat or Fire caused by Yin Deficiency
Qing Gu San Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency

All "formulas that clear heat from the organs" recommended for night sweats

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
Long Dan Xie Gan Tang Heat in the Blood
Qing Xin Lian Zi Yin Kidneys And Heart Not Harmonized

All "formulas that pacify and extinguish internal wind" recommended for night sweats

Formula Patterns Suitable For (if applicable)
E Jiao Ji Zi Huang Tang Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising
Zhen Gan Xi Feng Tang Liver Wind agitating Internally due to Liver Yang Rising

Acupoints for Night Sweats

TCM also utilizes acupuncture to address night sweats. Acupoints like Dahe KID-12 and Fuliu KID-7 in the Kidney Channel are used for their actions in tonifying Kidney Yin and resolving Dampness, which can help reduce night sweats. Points such as Rangu KID-2 and Taixi KID-3 offer cooling and nourishing effects to the Kidneys and the Blood.

Additionally, acupoints in the Bladder Channel like Danshu BL-19 and Feishu BL-13 are utilized for their regulatory effects on organ systems related to night sweats. These acupoints are selected based on their ability to target the underlying imbalances contributing to night sweats, demonstrating TCM’s comprehensive approach to treatment.

Explore below some acupoints used to address night sweats, organized by meridian.

  • By Meridian
  • Kidney Channel
  • Bladder Channel
  • Heart Channel
  • Extra Points: Head and Neck (EX-HN)
  • Spleen Channel
Yongquan KID-1

Yongquan KID-1

In the depression between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal bones on the sole when the foot is in plantar flexion, approximately at the junction of the anterior and middle third of the sole.

Rangu KID-2

Rangu KID-2

Anterior and inferior to the medial malleolus tip, in the depression on the lower border of the navicular bone, at the border of the 'red and white' skin.

Taixi KID-3

Taixi KID-3

In the depression between the medial malleolus tip and Achilles tendon (Calcaneal tendon), level with the tip of the medial malleolus.

Zhaohai KID-6

Zhaohai KID-6

Approximately 1 cun below the medial malleolus tip, over the joint space between the talus and the calcaneus.

Fuliu KID-7

Fuliu KID-7

2 cun directly above Taixi KID-3, on the anterior border of Achilles tendon.

Zhubin KID-9

Zhubin KID-9

On the line drawn from Taixi KID-3 to Yingu KID-10. It is located at the lower end of the belly of gastrocnemius muscle in the medial aspect, about 5 cun above Taixi KID-3.

Yingu KID-10

Yingu KID-10

On the medial side of the popliteal fossa, level with Weizhong BL-40, between the tendons of semitendinosus and semimenbranosus muscle when the knee is flexed.

Dahe KID-12

Dahe KID-12

4 cun below the umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral to the anterior midline.

Feishu BL-13

Feishu BL-13

1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 3rd thoracic vertebra (T3).

Danshu BL-19

Danshu BL-19

1.5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 10th thoracic vertebra (T10).

Gaohuangshu BL-43

Gaohuangshu BL-43

3 cun (about 4 finger-breadths) lateral to the lower border of the spinous process of the 4th thoracic vertebra (T4).

Jiquan HE-1

Jiquan HE-1

In the center of the axilla, on the medial side of the axillary artery.

Yinxi HE-6

Yinxi HE-6

On the radial side of the tendon of flexor carpi ulnaris muscle, 0.5 cun above the transverse crease of the wrist when the palm faces upward.

Bailao EX-HN-15

Bailao EX-HN-15

2 cun above the lower border of the spinous process of the 7th cervical vertebra (C7) and 1 cun lateral to the midline.

Sanyinjiao SP-6

Sanyinjiao SP-6

3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleolus, on the posterior border of the tibia, on the line drawn from the medial malleolus to Yinlingquan SP-9.